As you know from our previous NYFW Top 5 post, spring may not be our favorite season. But the New York designers are starting to sway us with their epic collections this season. Culottes, fanny packs, 90s, minimalism, and a ton of flats- we may have just started to have a bit of a crush on spring (Don’t worry fall, you’re still our #1 boo). Below are, in no particular order, our favorite shows from this SS14. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sartorial ride.
Opening Ceremony’s first runway show was 2 fast and 2 furious. A covered car park filled with a mini mall of hot dog stands, pop-up shops, a nail salon, and a newsstand, entertained the show go-ers before the models’ grand entrance in 15 some-odd sports cars. Seriously, awesome. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim said the whole she-bang was inspired by their suburban, Southern Californian youth, where they entertained themselves by watching street races in abandoned areas. The garments themselves were beautiful printed pieces inspired partly by traditional Korean garments, with harnesses and straps that represented seat belts. If only Vin Diesel were there our Fast & Furious fashion dreams would have come true!
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough are totally our imaginary boyfriends that can do no wrong, and they have us swooning with their spring collection. Domesticity was the concept for the show with furniture designers and artists as the inspiration. Cotton crepe pantsuits with paint roller details and culottes were perfectly crafted, but what really pulled at our heartstrings were the couture-crafted pleated skirts with razor thin bronze and silver foil bonded to the skirt. You will be seeing these on the red carpet, I promise you that. Good job, boys!
Alexander Wang brings us a fun, flouncy, and super-90’s collection for spring 2014, and we are not complaining. Wang brought back the logo mania and nostalgia of the 90’s because that is when, “fashion was really fun, when there was wit and humor, and it wasn’t so serious.” Placing his own logo on garments may have been slightly conceited to some, but for us it was bold and fresh. Our favorite piece has to be the “Explicit Content” sweater with the sheer paneling, which we can tell will be a street style favorite as well. Now, you must excuse us, we are about to spend everything on Alexander Wang.
Prabal Gurung played with the concept of the idealized woman, referencing Marilyn Monroe as his muse. The show started with presenting the girls behind a plastic sheet as if they were shrink wrapped to preserve their beauty. For the clothes, Gurung takes mid-century into a super futuristic and modern era with a mixture of pastels, neon brights and PVC. Our favorite detail from the show was a molded plastic harness in the back of his garments, though it may not be totally wearable, we want one now. It was creepy and weird, but it left us wanting more.
Though we can confidently say we are not a follower, nor fan, of Tory Burch all the time, this spring collection may have changed our minds. The pretty prints and feminine frocks finally got to us with her soft 60’s inspired looks. Burch took her inspiration from the French Riviera and actress Romy Schneider’s nonchalant attitude and style. Though the subdued florals and subtle preppy prints were quite beautiful, what really struck a cord with us was the crochet and lattice detailing that appeared with the modern fanny pack. We also loved the faded Moroccan prints and slight bohemian details on the dresses and garments. Plus, how cute were the purses full of flowers? Okay, Tory, you got us.